Well, since he hasn’t felt the need to update us all via his Facebook status a la Vin Diesel-style, I think it’s safe to shoot this rumor down.
I kid, I kid.
Anyways, if you’ve been keeping up, you know that Guardians of the Galaxy has already been shooting in London since earlier this summer and that the cast is mostly complete, (and can I say f*cking awesome also? We’re talking Glenn Close, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio Del Toro, John C. Reilly and many others), save for one important character:
According to reports from Screen Rant, the notorious Latino-Review has claimed to have inside knowledge about Marvel eying Bradley Cooper for the voice of Rocket Raccoon. In fact, he’s apparently already been offered the role.
If that’s the case, my question is what is Cooper waiting for?
I admit that when I first heard about Rocket Raccoon, Bradley Cooper’s face is not the first thing that popped into my head, (in all honesty, I was cheering on rumors that concerned the likes of Dave Tennant, for example). However, I definitely am not knocking it if it’s true.
Here’s a small, albeit rough tidbit about Rocket Raccoon:
Rocket Raccoon is an anthropomorphic raccoon who is very intelligent and happens to be an expert tactician and marksman. As a raccoon, he has razor-sharp senses of smell, sight, hearing, and touch (which is only amplified by training). Rocket appears as a very important member of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the 2008 relaunch of the cosmic team. He first joins up with the team at the urging of good friend Star-Lord. Later, when the team faces disbandment and Star-Lord Peter Quill vanishes (via being sent to the Negative Zone by Ronan the Accuser), Rocket holds the team down and brings in Groot as a member, resulting in the two becoming good friends…among other things.
Anyways, Rocket Raccoon has been lauded by many—including writer/director James Gunn—as the “heart” of the Guardians of the Galaxy team; so making sure his voice is cast right is of the essence. Here’s what Gunn had to say about it at the Iron Man 3 London Premiere earlier this year:
“I think there’s – here’s the thing: there are a lot of people who have a lot of ideas of who is right for Rocket Raccoon. Rocket Raccoon has been slightly different over the years, in the comic books, and within my scripts he is a very, very specific guy, and I think people are going to have to wait for a few weeks before they see.”
Well, I’m inclined to listen and I guess I’ll be doing some waiting because I definitely want to see what Gunn does with Rocket Raccoon. He is an interesting enough character and one that I hope doesn’t get f*cked up.
As for Cooper possibly voicing him, I say why not?
His filmography is varied enough, especially with hits like Silver Linings Playbook and The Hangover. So, I think this role would be right up his alley.
***If you didn’t get to catch the leaked trailer earlier this month, BuzzFeed has assembled a nice group of GIFs just for you. Check them out here:
Sources: Screen Rant, Latino-Review, Wikipedia
Images From: Celebritygossip.blogspot.com, Comicbookmovie.com, Scifinow.co.uk, People.com
Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters August 1, 2014! Stay tuned for our review.
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